Diagnosis: A bad idea

Obamacare fails on a number of fronts

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During oral arguments last week, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg seemed concerned largely with whether the federal health-care law is a good idea.

That’s not the court’s job.

That’s our job.

But on this front too, the law fails in almost every way possible.

First and foremost, the polls have consistently said Americans don’t approve of the law. Justice Antonin Scalia joked this week that merely reading the 2,700-page monstrosity is tantamount to the “cruel and unusual punishment” that the Eighth Amendment forbids.

It’s easy to forget, too, the naked vote-buying that went on to pass the bill – a fairly common occurrence, but in this case brazen and unseemly as never before.

Consider, too, how ominous this is: The Internal Revenue Service is seeking over $303 million for Obamacare compliance, and wants to hire 4,000 new agents. If you thought the IRS was invasive in financial matters, wait until they start poring through your medical information.

And then there’s the cost of Obamacare. The Congressional Budget Office predicts premiums will rise at a faster rate than they have been, and some say the overall costs of the law may be nearly double the initial estimates.

There’s precedent for that: They also vastly underestimated the cost of Medicare when that program began, as well.

Then there is the potential for regulatory tyranny, some of which we’ve already seen – in the case of Obama administration rules attempting to require religious institutions opposed to birth control and abortion pills to provide them in their insurance packages.

And there’s the little matter of the law’s 15-member Independent Payment Advisory Panel, whose job is to reduce Medicare costs – but whose recommendations automatically become law.

“In other words,” writes Florida Republican Congressman Allen West, “the unelected IPAB, appointed by the president, essentially becomes its own shadow legislative branch.”

It’s interesting, notes Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., that the two-year anniversary of the law’s passage passed last week without fanfare. Why, if it’s such a great achievement?

“As the unaffordable costs of Obamacare become undeniable and government control over every aspect of American life becomes unbearable,” Stearns writes, “it’s hard to find anyone willing to celebrate the law ...”

And if the law is such a good idea, why did so many around the country seek temporary opt-out waivers? Notably, and ominously, many of the waivers went to unions and other interests connected to Democrats in Washington.

How can it possibly be a good idea to allow those in power to arbitrarily exempt their friends from the laws the rest of us are obligated to follow?

The legal case, for which the Supreme Court heard arguments last week and will issue a ruling in June, is only about whether the government has the constitutional authority to pass and implement Obamacare.

The other question is whether it’s even a good idea to.

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faithson
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faithson 04/02/12 - 01:19 am
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Universal Single payer health

Universal Single payer health care, yes. The real argument was about the 'penalty' the Senate left in the bill. Had the House version held which used the word 'tax' instead, this political theater would not have been, as the government DOES have the power to TAX. The argument is over whether the government can implement a 'penalty' upon the citizen for not purchasing a product. The best I have heard is that the whole health care 'movement' is so large now, to not implement the Health Care Bill would be disastrous to the country, a REAL disaster that can be laid upon the Supreme court house steps.... You see, the actual answer would be to turn the problem back to Congress, but as Scalia said so well, there is NO decision making ability THERE ! So if the court does vote 'against' it will have blood on its hands as TWO years of implementation will go up in smoke... yea, just what the American people really WANT, MORE CONFUSION IN HEALTH CARE. At least we HAVE a tract right now.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 04/02/12 - 02:27 am
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Many of us appear to be on

Many of us appear to be on our way to eating and "sitting" our individual selves as well as our nation and its health care system into oblivion.

Will We, the People, sit idly by whining intermittently while the cancer of unchecked self-indulgence eats away at our body politic?

carcraft
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carcraft 04/02/12 - 07:19 am
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The Supreme Court appears

The Supreme Court appears likely to strike down portions of the law or the whole mess. The issue is "IS THE LAW CONSTITUTIONAL" period. The Supreme court, in their words, doesn't seem likely to want to "Fundamentally change the relationship of the people to the government". That is what the health care law does. The fact that the solicitor general could not answer basic questions that have been asked on this forum was telling. You cannot defend the indefensible, or they chose the worst person to present the government case. This disaster can be laid squarely on the lap of the Democrats. Obama as President and constitutional scholar should have seen some of the problems. The Democrats in the house and Senate that passed the law without one Republican vote! That is where the blame lays, in the lap of the Democrats that shoved this monstrosity down the throats of the American people!

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copperhead 04/02/12 - 07:21 am
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IF hussein's health care law

IF hussein's health care law is sooo great,WHY were so many of his contributors given waivers BEFORE it went into effect?

madgerman
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madgerman 04/02/12 - 07:34 am
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What i don't understand is
Unpublished

What i don't understand is how the AC and the Chamber of Horrors keeps harping about unions? The Unions the above are so scared of are not necessarily employers - they represent employees who are generally covered by employer health plans. Now if they aren't necessarily employers, just what are they trying to opt out of? Of course the AC and the Chamber folks, being good employers probably provide excellent health care at a reasonablre cost for all employees and not just management so has the AC tried to obtain a waiver? I doubt it. To me it is comical to watch groups that are essentially Unions themselves, complain about worker organization. If an employeer is providing employees with a reasonable and safe work environment, just what are they so afraid of?

Techfan
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Techfan 04/02/12 - 07:42 am
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The AC might have just set a

The AC might have just set a record for the most lies and distortions in one editorial. For the Masters' guests who are not familiar with our local paper, here's the info. It is extremely right wing. Little to no research (and God forbid no fact checking) go into their editorials. While they bash government (usually only if a Democrat is in office), spending, etc., the owner has received MILLIONS in taxpayer dollars to further his financial interests. Let the fact checking begin:
http://www.politifact.com/new-jersey/statements/2012/apr/01/frank-lobion...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/02/12 - 07:47 am
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"Documents released in a

"Documents released in a classic Friday afternoon news dump show that labor unions representing 543,812 workers received waivers from President Barack Obama‘s signature legislation,” writes Paul Conner of the Daily Caller. “By contrast, private employers with a total of 69,813 employees, many of whom work for small businesses, were granted waivers.”

No wonder there is a huge picture of Obama in every union hall. They are so greatful to be exempt from Obamacare.

carcraft
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carcraft 04/02/12 - 07:51 am
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Gee Techfan since you’re so

Gee Techfan since you’re so concerned about the truth did you care that Obama lied about his mother's health insurance. Obama lied about posting bills before they were signed in to. Obama lied about holding the health care hearings on C span. Have you complained about Obama's lies or do you only complain when a conservative lies? The increasing cost of Obama care is a fact and it hasn't even been fully enacted yet. Just like all government health care plan this one was doomed to increasing costs and the other problems of fraud etc. that hamper federally ran health care programs.

carcraft
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carcraft 04/02/12 - 07:54 am
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Techfan-Can you find a better

Techfan-Can you find a better source than something funded by the left wing Annenberg foundation with it's extreme liberal bias?

Techfan
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Techfan 04/02/12 - 07:56 am
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Glad you'll be refusing to

Glad you'll be refusing to use Medicare (government insurance). That will allow more funds to be used by others. Of course your private insurance might get a tad high as you reach your 70s and 80s and have multple pre-existing condition, but go for it.

Techfan
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Techfan 04/02/12 - 07:58 am
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Non partisan fact checking

Non partisan fact checking sources always have a liberal bias according to the right. You need to get your "facts" from Faux, Limbaugh, WorldNetDaily, CNS, NewsMax, the Daily Caller, and Glenn Beck, oops almost forgot the Moonies from the Washington Times.

carcraft
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carcraft 04/02/12 - 08:05 am
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Techfan does it bother you

Techfan does it bother you when Obama lied about cutting the deficit in half

carcraft
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carcraft 04/02/12 - 08:09 am
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Does it bother you when Obama

Does it bother you when Obama lied about unemployment staying below 8% ifwe spent $800 billion on the stimulas program?

carcraft
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carcraft 04/02/12 - 08:11 am
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Does it bother you that Obama

Does it bother you that Obama lied about his ties to Bill Ayers?

carcraft
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carcraft 04/02/12 - 08:15 am
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Does it bother you that Obama

Does it bother you that Obama lied when he said the terrorists would be tried in open court in New York?

carcraft
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carcraft 04/02/12 - 08:17 am
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Does it bother you that Obama

Does it bother you that Obama lied about the "Bloody Sunday" March in Selma was why his mother and father got together yet Obama was born 6 years before Selam?

carcraft
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carcraft 04/02/12 - 08:18 am
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Well Tech you are so

Well Tech you are so conserned about the Chronicle but the lies of the President don't bother you?

Techfan
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Techfan 04/02/12 - 08:21 am
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With an opposition party that

With an opposition party that refuses to increase ANY revenue source, cutting the deficit is a little tricky. 8%, a hopeful statement, but a recession worse than first thought. Again with an opposition party that refused to go along with any job creatibg measures. Remember, their number one goal is not to help thhe country, but to make sure the President fails.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/02/12 - 08:23 am
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Well, the U.S. Supreme Court

Well, the U.S. Supreme Court is about to burn all 25 hundred pages of Obamacare page by page in the wind. Deal with it. Or the LACK of IT.

Techfan
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Techfan 04/02/12 - 08:24 am
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Techfan
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Techfan 04/02/12 - 08:32 am
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With Thomas and Scalia

With Thomas and Scalia getting payoffs from groups opposing the bill, I wouldn't doubt it.

Techfan
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Techfan 04/02/12 - 08:32 am
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Try to lay off the conspiracy

Try to lay off the conspiracy sites.

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